Auckland Council is spending nearly $50,000 a week on security to keep protesters from disrupting work to fell dozens of pine trees at a popular park, Stuff reveals. Security guards are stationed at Western Springs Park “around the clock” to prevent members of the public entering the site during the tree removal. The security guards were put in place after a number of people, including Auckland local board member Sarah Trotman, were arrested and several people were trespassed in April as they tried to halt work.

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